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Around The Forest: Getting to know new Thorn Andressinha

Also: Landon Donovan unveiled at Leon, RSL re-sign Captain Kyle Beckerman, D.C. United still looking for a goal scorer, Ola Kamara to La Liga?


Learn more about new Thorns FC midfielder Andressinha | Portland Timbers
Considered one of the top young Brazilian women's footballers in the world, Andressinha now finds herself in the Rose City. Learn more about the midfielder.​

Major League Soccer

Real Salt Lake re-sign "iconic" captain Kyle Beckerman: "This is home" |
Real Salt Lake announced on Tuesday that long-serving midfielder Kyle Beckerman has re-signed with the club on a multi-year contract, extending the tenure of the league’s all-time career leader in regular-season games played, games started and minutes played among field players.

Report: Junior FC looking into Michael Barrios - Big D Soccer
While there is no verification of any contact between Junior FC and FC Dallas, that could change as soon as their transfer negotiations for Jonathan Alvez conclude. As for what kind of offer FC Dallas could possibly receive, it should be noted that FCD was said to have rejected a $2.5 million dollar offer from San Lorenzo this past summer.

MLS transfer news: Andre Blake signs new deal with Philadelphia Union - sources |
The Union have reached an agreement with Blake on a new multi-year guaranteed contract that will make Blake one of the highest-paid goalkeepers in MLS, sources confirmed to Goal on Monday.

With training camp looming, goal-starved D.C. United hasn’t landed a scorer - The Washington Post
D.C. United failed to score in half of its matches last season, so it seemed reasonable to think its primary aim this winter would be to acquire a trusty striker with a goal-pocked portfolio. But with training camp a week away, United has not landed a high-end scorer and, barring a big move before the March 3 opener, will enter the MLS season with three forwards who have never recorded more than eight goals in one year.

Source: Columbus Crews Ola Kamara target of La Liga bid
While trade rumors swirl around Ola Kamara, the Norwegian international’s final landing spot might not be in MLS but might see the star striker making a return back to Europe to play in one of the world’s top leagues. In his two years in MLS, Kamara has been one of the best strikers in the league for Columbus Crew SC. His 39 goals across 59 games played is among the best strike rates in the league over the last two years but recent reports have the Norwegian looking to leave the Crew.

Boehm: Ranking the top 5 MLS acquisitions of the past week |
It’s the ides of January, and while there’s plenty more of silly season left to go, we’re seeing big acquisitions arrive and other key moves transpire across MLS. So who did the best business over the past week or so? Here’s my top five.


2018 season to begin weekend of March 24-25; schedule format announced
The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today the league will play a 24-game schedule for the 2018 NWSL season. For the second-consecutive season, and third time overall, NWSL teams will play 12-home and 12-away regular-season games.

United States

Kasey Keller best 'keeper US has produced, says longtime MLS GK coach |
Soccer America's Mike Woitalla recently interviewed Tim Hanley, the MLS's most experienced goalkeeper coach, for an interesting Q&A about Hanley's own experiences over his 22 years in the league, as well as the state of American goalkeeping as a whole.

Landon Donovan stresses that failure at Leon is not an option
Landon Donovan was presented in front of around 7,000 Club Leon fans on Monday evening in Estadio Leon and wasted no time in setting the bar high for his time in Liga MX. "I'm here to play, win games and be champion," said Donovan in Spanish, to rapturous applause.

Tottenham recalls Cameron Carter-Vickers - Stars and Stripes FC
The move points more towards Pochettino’s unhappiness with Carter-Vickers’ development rather than a playing opportunity. Rumors of this move have been percolating since late last year when Pocchetino stated any decision would be “more about his development than if we need or don’t need some more centre-backs in the squad.”


Alexis Sanchez move to Manchester United hinges on Henrikh Mkhitaryan joining Arsenal Mino Raiola
Manchester United will not sign Alexis Sanchez unless Henrikh Mkhitaryan agrees to move to Arsenal, according to the Armenian's agent Mino Raiola. Mkhitaryan was left out of the squad to face Stoke on Monday night with Jose Mourinho admitting there are doubts about his future.

Ousmane Dembele's World Cup dream could be in tatters after nightmare Barcelona season |
Only two years earlier, he had been threatened with being released by Rennes after engaging in an arm-wrestle with the club over his playing status. However, he would subsequently force himself into their starting XI with a succession of blistering performances, thus earning a transfer to BVB before developing into one of the Bundesliga’s outstanding figures.

Everton meet Arsenal asking price for Theo Walcott sources
Arsenal veteran Theo Walcott is close to completing a £20 million move to Everton, ending a 12-year stint with the Gunners, sources have told ESPN FC. Walcott, Arsenal's longest-serving player, has yet to start a Premier League game this season and Arsene Wenger has sanctioned a move away for the winger.